It was speculated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that we may begin to see some roster trades between RAW and SmackDown after WrestleMania 33. No word yet on which Superstars might be switching brands but we will try to keep you updated.
As noted, Naomi was forced to relinquish the SmackDown Women’s Title on this Tuesday’s show after suffering an injury while winning the title from Alexa Bliss at the February 12th WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Bliss became a two-time champion after defeating Becky Lynch for the vacant title this week.
The injury that Naomi suffered was to her left knee and it reportedly happened while doing the finishing split-legged moonsault in the win over Bliss. It was believed that Naomi would be able to return to action this week but the injury is more serious than expected. It was described to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter as similar to the injury that Seth Rollins recently suffered on RAW.
No word yet on if Naomi will be back in time for WrestleMania 33 but she’s not expected to go through a long recovery. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that she could be out of action for 2 months or so.
Former WWE star Kelly Kelly has confirmed that she’ll be at WrestleMania 33, as well as the Hall of Fame ceremony this year — and she also wants to make a short return to the company.
Kelly — aka Barbie Blank — appeared on Sirius XM’s show Conversation with Maria Menounos and was asked about all the rumors that have popped up since she was backstage at Raw.
“I don’t know if I’m gonna be wrestling, per se, but I will be at Mania.” Adding, “I will be at Mania, I will be at Hall of Fame and I’m gonna do some Axxess signings.”
The ex-Divas champ tip-toed around saying she’d be inducting a friend into the HOF, but Maria hinted that she already knew because she’s helping that women prepare her style for the event.
Barbie also says she was repeatedly asked about her interest in a return last week — admitting Senior Director of Talent Relations Mark Carrano was one of the people asking — and she told them, “I would come back for like a run, ya’know, a mini-run or something.”
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
Former NXT and WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor got physical with two of NXT’s top competitors Wednesday night … however, the wrestler claims doctors have yet to give him the green light for Raw.
WWE released video of Balor coming to the aid of Shinsuke Nakamura at the University of Central Florida during Wednesday night’s NXT TV taping and it looks like he’s back to 100%.
Finn easily clotheslined Andrade ‘Cien‘ Almas over the top rope, then hit Bobby Roode with a kick to the gut and Sling Blade.
The company reports that even though he looks ready for action, Balor told the live crowd that he still hasn’t been medically cleared to compete by WWE doctors.
Finn Balor may have gotten physical at an NXT event Wednesday night, but he isn’t lying about his medical situation — sources say he truly hasn’t been cleared yet.
even though Finn’s been working in the squared circle again and feels back to normal, the wrestler still has one more medical evaluation scheduled for the beginning of March.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
Just to clear up any confusion, Finn Balor is still scheduled to be a part of WWE’s main roster following last night’s WWE NXT appearance after the University of Central Florida tapings. Balor is being advertised for RAW live events in March. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Balor has always been scheduled for WrestleMania 33 but there’s no word yet on what his role will be. Balor has been out of action since SummerSlam 2016.
The rumors of Austin Aries coming to the WWE 205 Live ring are true. WWE aired a promo for his impending debut and Aries said that whether he’s on the mic doing commentary or in the ring, the show will never be the same:
Tonight’s 2/21 205 Live takes place from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California
- Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa
- Mustafa Ali vs. Noam Dar
- Tony Nese vs. Jack Gallagher
SmackDown live takes place tonight from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
- A 10-Man Battle Royal will determine WWE Champion Bray Wyatt’s opponent at WrestleMania
- Nikki Bella and Natalya will square off in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
- Will injured SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi be ready to fend off Alexa Bliss?
- How will The Usos destabilize SmackDown Tag Team Champions American Alpha?